All I can really say is, it’s about time. Shinzo Abe is not as colorful as Junichiro Koizumi, but he’s a down to business kind of guy. Less than a month in office and he’s already talking to the Chinese and making joint public statements about North Korea’s proposed nuclear missile test. He’s already making good on one of his campaign promises, which was to shore up relations with China and North Korea is providing him with the perfect opportunity to do so. Firstly, the UN doesn’t want North Korea to test nukes. Secondly, Japan and China really don’t want North Korea to test nukes either. Tensions in East Asia are high enough as it is and the US is willing to help when it comes to putting an end to North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. All in all, I’d say that this is a step in the right direction for the region politically and is likely the only way that enough pressure can be placed on North Korea to give up its desire for nuclear weapons. I hope to see more good news on this in the future.